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Functional Labs & Screenings

The 5 Foundational Labs

Besides our really cool health scan, we prefer to start out with 5 Foundational Labs plus finding out your specific Metabolic Type. This gives us a more complete overall picture of your connected body systems and how they are affecting each other. If we only look in one area (like going to a doctor with a specific symptom) we can miss that the symptoms you are experiencing could be upstream or downstream of the actual root cause. Unbalanced hormones impact digestion, poor digestion, can unbalance your hormones. Stress affects and amplifies every imbalance and issue. 

Your Metabolic Type assesses how your body has a unique and very individual set of nutritional needs, fuels and ratios (Proteins:Fats:Carbs) and specific types to produce quality energy. You may have heard how vegan, vegetarian, paleo, ketogenic, and many more diets have worked for individuals but have been terrible for others. Metabolic typing decodes this mystery and gives you the information and tools to feed your body what it requires, instead of what some influencer is selling.

Stress & Hormone Profile

An easy saliva test that measures the levels and balance of key stress and sex hormones, including cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Also looks at circadian rhythm and some immune markers. Why saliva instead of blood? Because we want to know the bioavailable forms in the body which are what is making a difference. 

Metabolic Wellness Profile

Tests the urine for key markers of digestion, detoxification, and oxidative stress.

Transformation, energy, change. These are the hallmarks of metabolism, the vital chemical processes that are critical for life itself. Nutrition ignites the process that allows our body to derive the vital nutrients we need for our metabolic pathways to function optimally, so that we may not simply live, but thrive.

Mucosal Barrier Assessment

This easy finger stick dried blood spot test looks at different biomarkers to determine if the patient has gut inflammation and permeability, or “leaky gut”. Each of these elements is important to take a look individually, but when viewed together they can help paint a portrait of an individual’s gut status.

G.I. Map

Tests the microbes in a patient’s stool sample, measuring the amount and balance of harmful and helpful bacteria in the gut. Screens for many other harmful pathogens as well.

MRT Food Sensitivity

Tests the body’s response to 176 foods and chemicals, allowing you to identify what items cause inflammation and how to avoid them.

Many more labs available...

Based on your individual needs or if there is other suspected issues we need to explore, we have a multitude of options at our disposal. Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), DUTCH hormone test, neurotransmitters, mold / mycotoxins, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and much more. 

Metabolic Typing® Assessment

Your Metabolic Type assesses how your body has a unique and very individual set of nutritional needs, ratios (Proteins:Fats:Carbs),  and specific fuel types to produce quality energy. You may have heard how vegan, vegetarian, paleo, ketogenic, and many more diets have worked for individuals but have been terrible for others. Metabolic typing decodes this mystery and gives you the information and tools to feed your body what it requires, instead of what some influencer is selling.

There are 6 main different types or categories that you can fall into based on your unique genetic makeup and individual needs. After you find out which category you are in then we can fine tune your specific individual ratios and foods after that.

 

For those that want the Quick and Nerdy explanation here you go:

“One man’s food is another man’s poison.”
Bill Wolcott
Author, The Metabolic Typing® Diet

The modern science of metabolic typing® utilizes various methods for identifying peoples’ biochemical individuality and determining their dietary needs. A primary method is the interpretation of “body language,” or the evaluation of any number of the hundreds of different traits and characteristics that make one person distinct from another in terms of:

  • Physical appearance
  • Anatomical or structural traits
  • Psychological characteristics
  • Personality and behavioral traits
  • Food reactions and dietary preferences

Believe it or not, all your highly individualized characteristics have biochemical correlates. In other words, they are a direct result of the unique way in which your regulatory (or homeostatic) control systems are designed.

We all have genetically inherited strengths or weaknesses (or imbalances) in our:

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Carbo-oxidative system
  • Lipo-oxidative system
  • Endocrine system

These are the key homeostatic systems that determine your metabolic type. For example, your autonomic nervous system manages all the involuntary activity in your body — your heartbeat, your breathing, your digestion, reproductive functions, immune activity, etc.

The carbo-oxidative and lipo-oxidative systems control the way in which your cells convert nutrients into energy, and your endocrine system exerts all kinds of influences on your metabolism through the secretion of hormones, the chemical messengers that manage the activity of tissues and cells.

There are countless readily observable clues that help reveal how these systems function for you. For example, if you’re tall and have good concentration but weak digestion, these are traits that suggest something about the way your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is designed, i.e., that your body may be more influenced by the sympathetic branch of the ANS, relative to the parasympathetic branch.

Or if you have a poor appetite and have low energy but function well on sugar or starches, you might be a slow oxidizer rather than a fast oxidizer.

The endless possible variations in your traits indicate the nature of the “imbalances” within your regulatory systems and, in turn, define your metabolic individuality. These traits or clues tell us a great deal about the efficiency with which all your organs and glands function, the kinds of health disorders you’re subject to, and the effect that different foods and nutrients have on your health.

Remember though, “body language” is never absolutely clear cut. In other words, there are no “pure types” — people who have traits that reflect only specific imbalances, such as sympathetic dominance versus parasympathetic dominance or fast oxidation versus slow oxidation, and so on. You’re more complex than that — like an extraordinarily complex mosaic comprised of countless facets arranged in a highly unique configuration.

So what we need to do is look for patterns among your traits and characteristics that can tell us something about your dominant tendencies.

Think of it this way: If you’re lost in the wilderness at night and want to find your way home, you have a good chance of doing so if it’s a cloudless night and you have some understanding of astronomy. If you can locate the Big Dipper, you can find the North Star and identify the four directions. Using that as your reference point, you can determine the proper direction to find your way home.

Metabolic types are like constellations. They’re patterns that organize the infinite minutiae of your physiological and biochemical makeup, enabling you to know what nutritional path to follow in order to balance your body chemistry… and in turn optimize your health and fitness.

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